Thursday, November 10, 2011

Review: My Corner of the Sky by Kerri Dyer-Keen

My Corner of the Sky by Kerri Dyer-Keen

Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 408
Format: print
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  She was going to go home with her husband driving the car, in order to get ready to perform a variety show at a leading club in Sydney, Australia.  Happy, everything seeming normal.  Next thing you know - 4 and a half months later - total chaos reigns!

30 years on Kerri is a singer, that can no longer sing! (at the moment!)

Follow her through her growing up years - 'her time as a witch!'- 'her time as a club and television entertainer' - her 'scary road trip to Darwin' and 'performing at the Sydney Opera house.'

Then she has an accident - Chaos, and the eventual triumph over adversity!

Kritters Thoughts:  A book that when reading the synopsis, I was excited for this dramatic memoir where a woman encountered great tragedy, but found hope and overcame it.  My problem with the book lies with the writing - choppy, out of order, and odd.  It just didn't work for me.

Throughout the entire book, the author interjects quite often with a side note or comment via italics in parentheses.  It was distracting and took away from reading the story as a whole and coming up with my own thoughts.  As well, I had a hard time with the lack of chronology which the author even points out at times in the book.  She jumps from past to present in a single page and in and out of stories, I couldn't follow and was left wondering where we were in the story.

Above all - there was a great story about a performer who had to find herself and get back on the proverbial horse to find her true inner singer and performer.  She suffered great loss and endured many uphill battles that would have knocked many down without the ability to get back up, but it was hard to capture the story when the writing was so distracting.

Rating:  not such a good read

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author and Bohlsen PR.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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